Lateral Oblique System: Anterior Oblique and Internal Obliques
The lateral oblique system consists of three muscles: the internal oblique (internal), external oblique (external) and latissimus dorsi (lat). These are all muscles that originate from the same origin point, which is at the top of your thigh bone. They then branch outwards to reach different parts of your body.
Anatomy of the Lateral Oblique Muscle
The internal oblique muscle originates from the upper part of your tibia and inserts into your patella tendon. This muscle attaches to the top of your kneecap. The external oblique muscle originates from above your knee cap and inserts into a ligament called the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). This muscle attaches to a piece of cartilage called the inferior collateral ligament (ICL). The latissimus dorsi muscle originates from the bottom of your femur and inserts into a bony socket called the acetabulum.
This muscle attaches to a bone called the longus spinae.
How Does The Lateral Oblique System Work?
The lateral oblique system helps with balance, stability and strength. When it works properly, it allows you to walk without falling over or getting injured. It also helps you lift up your knee, bend at the waist and twist. The lateral oblique system consists of small muscles. They work together to give you a strong core, which allows for better movement of your torso.
Why Do I Have Lateral Oblique Pain?
Your oblique might have pain if it is weak. It might also be weak if it does not get enough blood flow or is overused. The obliques may become strained by twisting motions. The muscles might also get inflamed from direct trauma or from repetitive use. Some causes of lateral oblique pain are weak or strained muscles, and direct injury.
What Can I Do To Treat My Lateral Oblique Pain?
Relieve lateral oblique pain with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy. You can also strengthen your lateral oblique system with core exercises that strengthen your transverse abdominals. You can also try muscle energy technique, which is designed to free stuck tendons.
What Can I Do To Prevent Lateral Oblique Pain?
To prevent pain in your obliques, try to stand up straight. Also, stretch out before doing any exercise that involves twisting motions. These exercises include yoga and pilates.
How Long Will It Take To Recover From Lateral Oblique Pain?
For most people, it takes between one and three months to recover from lateral oblique pain.
Can I Do Anything Else To Help My Lateral Oblique Pain?
To help with your pain, you can start with rest and gentle stretches. You might also try using a heating pad or a hot water bottle on your side.
If you experience pain where your external oblique muscle attaches to the ICL, then start with rest and icing. You can also try taking anti-inflammatory medication.
If you experience pain in your latissimus dorsi, then rest and gentle stretching can help.
It’s also important to strengthen your transverse abdominals with core exercises.
If you experience pain where the longus spinae attaches to your vertebra, then physical therapy can help. You should begin with gentle stretches and use ice or heat for pain relief.
If you’re experiencing pain in the base of your rib cage, try taking anti-inflammatory medication and rest. Gently stretching the muscles can also help, but avoid twisting motions.
If you experience pain near the top of your rib cage, try taking anti-inflammatory medication and rest. You also want to avoid any activity that is causing pain.
You should begin with gentle stretching and stick to pain-free movement to speed up your recovery time.
If you experience pain in the middle of your scapula, then rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication can help. You can also try using a heating pad or hot water bottle on the painful area.
Gentle stretching can also be helpful after the inflammation has gone down.
If you are experiencing pain near your armpit, then you can apply heat to the area. In addition to heat, you can use anti-inflammatory medication and gentle stretching.
If you experience shoulder impingement, you’ll want to rest, apply ice, and use anti-inflammatory medication. You can also try gentle stretching and strengthening exercises.
If you are experiencing pain in your deltoid, start with rest, icing, and anti-inflammatory medication. Like many other parts of your body, gentle stretching can be helpful once the inflammation has decreased. Strengthening exercises can help, too.
If you experience pain in your triceps, start with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication. Gently stretching can be helpful after the inflammation has decreased. In addition, you might also try strengthening exercises.
If you experience pain in your forearm, apply ice, take anti-inflammatory medication, and try gentle stretching. Avoid any activities that are causing you pain and don’t do any activity that makes the pain worse.
As your pain goes away and your flexibility and strength improve, you can slowly add activities that don’t aggravate your pain.
Misdiagnosing Your Lateral Oblique Pain
Symptoms of lateral oblique pain can mimic several different conditions. If you happen to see a doctor for this pain, make sure they know it’s coming from your core and not your scapula or nerve damage.
Make sure they do an x-ray to rule out a fracture, as this can cause pain in the region. If the x-ray comes back negative, then you might have a herniated disc. Herniated discs can be caused by repetitive motions that place a lot of pressure on your spine, so make sure your doctor knows about any strenuous physical activity that you partook in before your pain started.
In addition to a herniated disc, lateral oblique pain can be caused by other conditions. A lesion in your spinal cord can cause symptoms of numbness and tingling. In addition, a pinched nerve might also cause tingling and numbness.
A pinched nerve, or radiculopathy, can occur in your neck and spine. It can cause shooting pains that travel through the nerves in your arms and hands. In addition to the shooting or stabbing pain, you might experience a loss of feeling in the area.
Sciatica can also cause symptoms similar to those of a pinched nerve. However, with a pinched nerve, the pain is typically located closer to your neck or shoulder.
A tumor, located in your spine or neck, can also cause similar symptoms. This should be rare and is typically only found in older patients.
If you experience severe pain and numbness, rapid weight loss, urinary difficulty, or changes in bowel movements, make sure you see a doctor immediately. These symptoms can be signs of something more life-threatening.
Lateral oblique pain is fairly common, and it can be caused by several different conditions. If you experience this pain for the first time, try some of the exercises listed above and take it easy until the pain goes away.
If the pain persists or gets worse, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible. These exercises are not intended to replace any treatments your doctor might give you.
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